2011 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2011 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournament was played initially at campus sites for the opening round on March 8, 2011 and subsequently at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey from March 11 through March 13, 2011.[1] It was the fifth consecutive year that the tournament is hosted in Boardwalk Hall. The Richmond Spiders won the tournament and thereby received an automatic bid to the 2011 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.

2011 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournament
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2011 Atlantic 10 Tournament logo
ClassificationDivision I
Season2010–11
Teams12
SiteBoardwalk Hall
Atlantic City, New Jersey
ChampionsRichmond Spiders (1st title)
Winning coachChris Mooney (1st title)
MVPKevin Anderson, (Richmond)
Top scorerKevin Anderson, (Richmond)
(66 points)
← 2010
2012 →
2010–11 Atlantic 10 men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#20 Xavier 15 1   .938     24 8   .750
Temple 14 2   .875     26 8   .765
Richmond 13 3   .813     29 8   .784
Duquesne 10 6   .625     19 13   .594
George Washington 10 6   .625     17 14   .548
Rhode Island 9 7   .563     20 14   .588
St. Bonaventure 8 8   .500     16 15   .516
Dayton 7 9   .438     22 14   .611
UMass 7 9   .438     15 15   .500
La Salle 6 10   .375     15 18   .455
Saint Louis 6 10   .375     12 19   .387
Saint Joseph's 4 12   .250     11 22   .333
Charlotte 2 14   .125     10 20   .333
Fordham 1 15   .063     7 21   .250
2011 Atlantic 10 Tournament winner
As of March 25, 2011; Rankings from AP Poll

Seeding for the tournament was determined by the conference standings at the end of the regular season, with the last two teams in the standings not qualifying for the tournament. First round games were held at the home of the higher (lower number) seed.

Richmond's victory was the first for the Spiders in ten years as members of the Atlantic 10 Conference, breaking Temple University's string of three consecutive conference tournament championships by defeating the Owls in the semifinals.

Richmond senior point guard Kevin Anderson was named Most Outstanding Player for the tournament, leading all scorers with 66 points over three games, including a game-high 23 points in the championship game. Joining Anderson on the All-Championship Team were teammate Justin Harper, Dayton's Chris Wright and Chris Johnson, and Temple's Lavoy Allen.[2]

The championship game was nationally televised on CBS.[3] Three first round games and both semifinal games were televised nationally by CBS College Sports, while all four quarterfinal games were offered by the network via syndication.[4]

Tie-breakersEdit

  • Duquesne earned the 4th seed over George Washington with a 1–0 record in head-to-head games.
  • Massachusetts earned the 8th seed over Dayton with a 1–0 record in head-to-head games.
  • La Salle earned the 10th seed over St. Louis with a 1–0 record in head-to-head games.

BracketEdit

  First Round
Campus Sites
March 8
Quarterfinals
Boardwalk Hall
March 11
Semifinals
Boardwalk Hall
March 12
Championship Game
Boardwalk Hall
March 13
                                     
       
  1 Xavier 67  
    9 Dayton 68  
8 Massachusetts 50
9 Dayton 78  
  9 Dayton 64  
  12 Saint Joseph's 61  
       
       
  4 Duquesne 90
    12 Saint Joseph's 93*  
5 George Washington 59
12 Saint Joseph's 71*  
  9 Dayton 54
  3 Richmond 67
       
       
  2 Temple 96
    10 La Salle 76  
7 St. Bonaventure 73
10 La Salle 75*  
  2 Temple 54
  3 Richmond 58  
       
       
  3 Richmond 55
    6 Rhode Island 45  
6 Rhode Island 70
11 Saint Louis 61  

Asterisk denotes game ended in overtime.


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "A-10 To Hold 2010, 2011, 2012 Men's Basketball Championships At Boardwalk Hall In Atlantic City". Archived from the original on 2011-07-28. Retrieved 2010-03-26.
  2. ^ 2011 Atlantic 10 All-Championship Team
  3. ^ "A-10 Men's Basketball Championship To Be Aired On CBS Sports Beginning In 2010; New Championship Format Unveiled". Archived from the original on 2011-07-28. Retrieved 2010-03-26.
  4. ^ "Atlantic 10 Announces Seeds For 2011 A-10 Men's Basketball Championship". Archived from the original on 2011-03-09. Retrieved 2011-03-08.